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Planning your Kentucky Derby Outfit

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Whether you're going to the Derby itself or going to a locally hosted party, it's time to start putting your look together!

We suggest planning the look from the top down.

It's much easier to find the right apparel once you've found the perfect hat. 

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Men, embrace classic menswear, but go for lighter weight fabrics and add a splash of color. Consider consistent color hues, to keep from clashing. Both drivers and fedora styles are appropriate for the event.

Seeley, Chance, and Troy'
photo: @menswearstyle
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Patrick, Kip, and Luke
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Jason packable straw and Brooks panama straw
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Ladies, the rule tends to be the wider the brim, the better. However, not all of us are six feet tall, so choose the brim width that coordinates with your proportions. Petite frames will disappear in a six inch brim, so a mid-size brim is more fitting. As far as embellishments go, let's not forget that the hat should always serve as a frame for your beautiful face. There's no need to go overboard with additions that will distract.

Clarissa in blush and marigold, and Cami
photo: @blaireadiebee
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Secretariat in natural and black
photo: @blaireadiebee
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Gigi, Lola and Yvette
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As always, we are happy to create a custom hat if you have something in mind. Visit our Millinery page to gather ideas, or stop in for a chat. Flowers, ribbons and netting are also available to add to any of our styles, giving your hat a unique look and matching your outfit perfectly.

For more tips on perfecting your Derby ensemble, our Derby Dos and Don'ts are a valuable resource.


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